Coreopsis tinctoria Nutt., 114 1821. (Syn: Bidens tinctoria (Nutt.) Baill.; Calliopsis atropurpurea Hort. ex Steud. [Invalid]; Calliopsis bicolor Rchb.; Calliopsis cardaminefolia DC.; Calliopsis tinctoria (Nutt.) DC.; Coreopsis atkinsoniana Douglas ex Lindl.; Coreopsis bicolor (Rchb.) Bosse ex Buchenau; Coreopsis cardaminefolia (DC.) Torr. & A.Gray; Coreopsis gracilis Blanco; Coreopsis similis ; Coreopsis stenophylla ; Coreopsis tinctoria var. atkinsoniana (Douglas ex Lindl.) H.M.Parker ex E.B.Sm. ……..; Diplosastera tinctoria (Nutt.) Tausch);
Plains coreopsis, garden tickseed, golden tickseed,  or calliopsis, Coreopsis tinctoria, is an annual forb. The plant is common to Canada (from Quebec to British Columbia), Northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas), and much of the United States, especially the Great Plains and Southern states where it is often called “calliopsis.” The species is also widely cultivated in and naturalized in China.
It often grows in disturbed areas such as roadsides and cultivated fields.
Growing quickly, Coreopsis tinctoria plants attain heights of 12 to 40 inches (30–100 cm). Leaves are pinnately-divided, glabrous and tending to thin at the top of the plant where numerous 1- to 1.5-inch (2.5-to 4-cm) flower heads sit atop slender stems.
Flower heads are brilliant yellow with maroon or brown disc florets of various sizes. Flowering typically occurs in mid-summer. The small, slender seeds germinate in fall (overwintering as a low rosette) or early spring.
Plains coreopsis is cultivated as an ornamental plant for gardens, and as a native plant for wildlife gardens and natural landscaping. It grows well in many types of soil, but seems to prefer sandy or well-drained soils. Although somewhat drought-tolerant, naturally growing plants are usually found in areas with regular rainfall. Preferring full sun, it will also grow in partial shade.
The Zuni people use the blossoms of the tinctoria variety to make a mahogany red dye for yarn. This variety was formerly used to make a hot beverage until the introduction of coffee by traders. Women also use a infusion of whole plant of this variety, except for the root if they desire female babies.
(From Wikipedia on 1.5.16)
In case I forget the local species.. here are a few I forgot to share..
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 1800 mts
Habitat deserted graveyard.. (maybe wild)
Height 18 inches
leaves spiny.. can hardly make out in the photo..
Perhaps Helenium autumnale cultivar
Looks like Cosmos sulphureus ? but need more experts advise
I think Cosmos is a different plant
I think you’re probably right on that account … here is another photo where I tried to bring out the shape of the leaves… the one’s foremost in the pic… hope it is of some help… Attachments (1)
wonder if it could be some Gaillardia e.g. Gaillardia aristata? Kokardenblume (german)
Could this be Coreopsis tinctoria…
Yes ….You have got it finally.
Thank you sir, But I’ll pass on the credit… It was another Botanist from J&K Univ who pointed me in the right direction….